Elijah Ketchum
Teen Director - First Baptist Church of Milford

Elijah serves as the Youth Director at First Baptist Church of Milford. He has been serving at First Baptist Church since 2013 and has been involved in a variety of areas including the Youth Ministry and Media. He is happily married to Lauren Ketchum, who serves alongside him in the Youth Ministry as well as in the Media Department at First Baptist Church.

Susan Knudten

Susan began her teaching career in 1988 as a special education teacher. She taught for 10 years in the public schools when the Lord led her to homeschool her two daughters. She has taught at First Baptist Church since 2005 teaching in Master Club, Children's Church, VBS, and the Puppet Ministry. She is thankful to God for the privilege to teach children.

David Martin
Representative - firstBible International

David Martin has been in the Gospel ministry for over 50 years. He served in associate work for 10 years, was senior pastor for 38 years, and in 2018 came to Milford to serve as an instructor in Bible and North American Ministries. During his time here God was working in his heart regarding ministry with firstBible International working to reach the Unreached to the uttermost. Bro. Martin ministers now as a missionary/representative teaching online courses that train converts and ministers in Centers connected with firstBible International. He is available for ministry presentations, mission conferences, and pulpit supply.

Ted & Jo Mock
Representative - Lighthouse Children's Homes

Ted and Jo met at his father’s church in Arkansas during their high school years. They were married in 1976 and now have two married children and five grandchildren. Jo came to know Christ as a nine-year-old in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Ted was saved at the age of nine in Mobile, Alabama. Ted attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri while Jo went to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In 2003 God led the Mocks to move to Tennessee and begin representing the Lighthouse Children’s Homes, a ministry that provides quality Christian training for wayward, needy and unloved homeless children in the US and around the world. Over the years Ted and Jo have been successful church planters and full time ministry workers, but the Lord has always kept them serving in their “forte” – children’s ministry. The Mocks continue to represent the homes and assist with special projects for six homes in foreign countries. Currently they reside in Powell, Tennessee, and travel representing the homes as they also minister to churches and families across America.

Dale Money
Director - firstBible International

Bro. Money is a product of godly parents, a solid church, and a vibrant youth ministry. After receiving so much, Bro. Dale served eight years as a youth pastor in SC. Since 2000, Bro. Money has been a missionary with Bearing Precious Seed, focusing on the Seedline section of the ministry. He served as Director for seven years, during which time he implemented district levels of local church involvement in Scripture publishing. Since 2013, Bro. Dale has been the Director of firstBible International. Regardless where he has served, his heart to invest in young people has remained the same.

Scott Pauley

For nearly twenty years Scott Pauley served as an assistant pastor, college administrator, and Bible instructor. He now travels extensively as an evangelist across America and in several foreign countries. His passion is to preach the gospel, teach the Word of God, and reach this generation for Christ. Dr. Pauley can be heard daily on the Enjoying the Journey podcast and radio program. He and his wife Tammy have been blessed with three children, Morgan, Lauren, and Grant and make their home in the mountains of West Virginia.

Debi Pryde
Biblical Counselor for Women

Debi Pryde has been counseling for many years and has a burden to teach and equip other women in ministry to counsel. The principles of counseling she teaches are based on the complete sufficiency of Scripture and do not follow the modern trend of compromising biblical truth with secular psychology. Debi is a certified biblical counselor and has served as a Christian school administrator. She has taught many women’s Bible studies, and she has authored a counseling guide and several women’s Bible study books. Debi travels throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia teaching her “Women Counseling Women” curriculum to pastors’ wives, missionaries, counselors, teachers and mothers alike, preparing them to help those they encounter in this troubled world with sound biblical solutions.

Larry Quinlan
Professor - Biblical School of World Evangelism

Larry Quinlan was born into a missionary family and raised in the Philippine Islands. At the age of five, he was born again. As a child Larry surrendered his life to God for His use, and at the age of fifteen God called him to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. He and his wife Nancy arrived in Indonesia in 1987, where they planted churches and trained and assisted many other Indonesian nationals to go and do the same. After thirty years on the field, God led the Quinlan’s here to First Baptist Church of Milford where he heads up the Mission Concentration at Biblical School of World Evangelism.

Chad Robinson
Director - BPS/Seedline

In the summer of 2013 Chad Robinson and his family moved to Milford, Ohio to serve in the Seedline ministry of Bearing Precious Seed. After working 19 years with the same company, he stepped down from his position to open up more time to serve in his local church and begin his studies through Bible college. This obedience led to the desire and calling to serve full-time with BPS. Chad and his wife Heidi have been married 27 years and have three daughters and two sons: Becca (Jay), Beth (Matthew), and Brooke. They travel to churches who desire to partner in the publishing of God's Word through Seedline Projects where they assemble Scriptures that will be sent to missionaries and church planters all around the world.

Heidi Robinson

Heidi serves with her husband, Chad Robinson, the director of BPS/Seedline, a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Milford. As missionaries for the past seven years, they have traveled to churches across the country assembling Scriptures. As acting secretary of firstBible International, Heidi has researched, developed, and taught students about unreached people groups. Her degree in journalism has greatly assisted the firstBible team in launching the new curriculum, Opening the 10/40 Window. This curriculum is soon to be published into a format which churches and schools could use in a classroom setting. Before moving to Milford, she homeschooled her three daughters, worked as a parent educator for the state of Pennsylvania, and actively served in their local church.

Melissa Roe

Melissa has served alongside her husband, Jim Roe, as a missionary sent out by the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio. Since 1998, the Roes have worked in a Restricted Access Nation, training nationals to do the Great Commission. Missions education has become an ever-growing priority in her life and she seeks to pass that on to others. Encouraging Christians to love and embrace a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic world is her passion. Jim and Melissa have two daughters, Jerusha and Kimi. In addition to missions work, Melissa writes, speaks, and teaches about missions.

Sharon Sallmen

Sharon was diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of six by her first grade teacher. After a minimal amount of one-on-one training in the Language Arts, she was able to succeed in the classroom with little continued help. However, when her son and daughter received similar diagnosis, she decided to obtain further instruction on how to teach Dyslexic children. Sharon has been tutoring young people with similar learning challenges since 2014. She is currently working with students at Milford Christian Academy as well as local home-schoolers as a Dyslexic Specialist. It is her goal to help others understand the unique needs of children with Dyslexia.

Jerry Sexton
Representative - Bearing Precious Seed

Bro. Jerry Sexton had the privilege of growing up at First Baptist Church. His family joined in 1975. Bro. Jerry graduated kindergarten at Milford Christian Academy that next fall in 1976 and spent the rest of his school years at Milford Christian Academy until graduation in 1988. Following a revival meeting with Dr. B. R. Lakin, Bro. Jerry accepted Christ as his personal Saviour when he was 13. During the FBC missions conference in 1987, the Lord gripped Bro. Sexton’s heart and he surrendered his life to Him. The following year, once again during the missions conference, the Lord called him to preach. Bro. Sexton graduated in 1991 from First Baptist’s School of the Scriptures, and again in 2000 with a master’s degree. He and his wife Kim moved to Kentucky after graduation, and Bro. Sexton served as an assistant pastor for 2 years. In 1994, Bro. Sexton led his family to southern Indiana to help with a church plant and serve as an assistant pastor, youth pastor, and school administrator until 2005. During a missions trip in 2004 to Mexico with his youth group, God broke Bro. Sexton’s heart for the need for His Word in the lives of those that have never had a personal copy. He resigned his position there at the church in Indiana and surrendered to the Lord’s call to become a full-time missionary representative for Bearing Precious Seed in March of 2005.

Wendi Shadwick

Wendi became a member of First Baptist Church of Milford in 1998 and has been the nursery director since 2007. She is married to Kelly and they have 2 children: Eden and Liam.

Charles Shoemaker
President - Church Planting America

Charles Shoemaker began life in the Chicago area, converted to Christ at the age of eight because gospel-preaching churches were focused on children’s ministry. After being called to preach at 16, he earned a Bible Diploma from the Institute of Biblical Studies of Liberty University. He has earned degrees (Ed.D., M.A.) from educational institutions, including a D.D. from Midwestern Baptist College. He served as the Admin. Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and President of their college for 15 years. Dr. Shoemaker is a frequent speaker among church leadership conferences, and he currently serves as the President of Church Planting America--a missions agency promoting church planting in the U.S. and throughout the world. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 45 years and reside in Jacksonville, Florida. They have two daughters and two sons-in-law (all in full-time ministry) and six grandchildren.

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